The government of north China's Shanxi Province is stepping up efforts to fight a worsening drought.
The province has received 20.4 millimeters of rain since October, compared with 49.7 mm for the same period a year earlier.
The drought has affected more than 2 million hectares of farmland, including 544,000 hectares of crops, said the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.
The local weather observatory says no major rainfall is forecast in the near future.
The provincial government is allocating 10 million yuan (1.47 million U.S. dollars) to fund measures to fight the drought.
The public have been warned to conserve drinking water for humans and livestock.
Xinhua News Agency correspondents reporting from Taiyuan. (XHTV)